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COVID-19 : Lockdown In Plateau State Still Enforce...

May 31,2020..



In view of the Executive order issued by His Excellency, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Simon Bako Lalong, KSG, Executive Governor of Plateau State, I wish to remind the citizens of the state as follows:

1.  That the lockdown which is now a standing order, begins a second past 12.00 midnight of Sunday 31st May, 2020 till 12.00 midnight of Wednesday 3rd June, 2020.

2.  That the curfew imposed on the nation by the President and Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, between the hours of 8.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m., is still in force and should be adhered to.

3.  That All passes earlier issued by the State government are no longer valid from the 1st of June, 2020. New passes will be issued by the relevant issuing authority as earlier announced.

4.  That the wearing of face masks is mandatory  and defaulters are liable to a fine of not less than N1,000.00 only, when caught.

5.  That unless otherwise stated, all matters and restrictions related to the previous order as it affects COVID-19, remain in force and should be strictly observed, failure of which defaulters will have themselves to blame.

In the light of the above therefore, the Security personnel who have been saddled with the responsibility of enforcement have been detailed to ensure total compliance of these orders please.

His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Simon Bako Lalong, KSG, appreciates the understanding and sacrifices of all and sundry in this regards.


Dan Manjang,
Commissioner of Information and Communication,
Plateau State.

APC: Gov Lalong Appreciates Rep Maje....


By Weng Samuel

30 May,2020

Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State has expressed his appreciation to the Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, RT Hon.Ahmed Idris Wase for the growth and development of the All Progressive Congress APC on the Plateau.

The governor who was represented by chief Maichibi Vwarji made the statement at the presentation of vehicles and motor cycles to APC  party officials of Wase Federal constituency donated by the Deputy Speaker at his country home in Bashar.
The items distributed includes 3 cars and 25 motorcycles for the LGA party chairman and his officials.
The Governor said,Hon Maje has been supporting the party since the formative stage of APC and urge him to continue to the do more in building the party in his constituency,Plateau state and Nigeria at large.
He posited that the gesture will enhance chances of the party in future elections while also warning merchants  of gossip to desist from peddling evil within the party as he has no rift with anybody especially the Deputy Speaker whom he always regarded as brother.

The Senior legislative aide to the Deputy Speaker Hon Musa Abdullahi Nyalun(Dan buram Nyalun) who represented the Deputy Speaker at the event said Hon Maje  is committed to the continuous building of the party especially at the grassroot level towards achieving greater capacity of winning elections as democracy is all about the improvement of well being of the common man.

He advised the party to make good use of the items in projecting the image of the party positively.

The Chairman of APC, Wase LGA Alh Sunusi Sarkin Kano who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries of the gesture could not hide his joy and commended the Deputy Speaker for always looking after the welfare of the party and said they will put in their best to increase the electoral chances of the party.

Other dignitaries at the event includes, the Executive Chairman of Wase local government Dr Ado Buba,Hon Abubakar Badu(Dan Malikin Wase),Alh Shehu Sule Nyalun (Tafidan Nyalun),Hon Abbas Lamba, Hon S T Abubakar,Sarkin Mallaman Duguri and bar  Adamu idris amongst others.

Recycling Waste: A Viable Alternative To Wealth - Sarah Pam Dagah CEO WilVal Global Resources Ltd...

Recycling Waste: A viable altern

ative to wealth - Sarah Pam Dagah CEO WilVal Global Resources Ltd...

May 30,2020

 Our correspondent gathered this information from a cross section interview by the #JosGirl# where Mrs Sarah shared her experience on how she started;

‘Why I Started’ section of #JosGirl is that section where we celebrate women who are doing great in their chosen ventures while contributing their quota to making Jos-Plateau state a beautiful and fun place.

In this issue of ‘Why I Started’ is Mrs. Sarah Pam-Dagah; the prolific CEO/MD of Wilval Global Resources Ltd., the parent company of Wilval Polythene, Wilval Restaurant, and Wilval Recycling.

Mrs. Sarah has been a source of inspiration for many women (young and old) in and outside of Jos. She inspires hard work and a belief that one can grow and run a global brand even while in Jos.

She has been a practicing entrepreneur for long. Having started by helping her mother buy & sell, at the Jos Main Market, she has also sold grains, clothes and supplied food items to schools and institutions.

We had a quick chat with her to find out why she started Wilval Global Resouces Ltd and found out a number of things:

Wilval Global Resources Ltd had kicked off in Benin; Edo state in 2010 with Wilval Restaurant; a restaurant that services a clientele of elites. According to Mrs. Sarah:

“At the Nigerian Officers Mess 4th, Mechanized Brigade, Benin, I saw myself developing the Mess of the Nigerian Army, supporting them, functioning more than even the officers. This earned me the title of Madam PMC (President Mess Committee), the first to be recognized nationwide by the Nigerian Army. I then thought to myself that if I could pull this kind of crowd to the Mess, then I can put in my energy and my resources, and start something to generate even more income.”

Then in 2013 in Benin, Wilval Polythene was started, manufacturing and supplying polythene bags. And in 2016, she then began Wilval Recycling in Jos.

Why She Started
According to her, Wilval Recycling is the best amongst all her businesses because of its social impact.

She said: “I never knew I was going to be helping the environment. We recycle waste in tons. On a weekly bases, we recycle about 10 tons of waste, and you know what that 10 tons can do on the street.”

Also, she believes in the 3R principle of Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse. A principle that encourages proper waste disposal and management practices. According to her: “waste should always be converted to wealth”.

She advises…
Mrs. Sarah encourages youths to go and start businesses no matter how little, and become useful to themselves and society. And that women should continue to be good keepers of the home irrespective of being business owners or career women.

Northern Governors Mourns Former NNPC GMD Dr Maikanti Baru....

Northern Governors mourn Former NNPC GMD Dr Maikanti  Baru

May 30,2020

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos

Northern Governors Forum says it is shocked and distressed by the news of the death of the former Group Managing Director of  Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Kachalla Baru.

Chairman  of the Forum  and  Governor of Plateau State, Simon  Lalong in a message of commiseration Dr.  Simon Macham, signed by Director of Press and  Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State described  the sudden death of Dr. Baru as a very big loss to the nation.

Lalong said "The late Maikanti Baru was a thorough bred professional who distinguished himself in his career where he contributed immensely to the growth and development of the oil and gas industry. He championed the implementation of reforms that left the sector more responsive to the energy needs of Nigerians especially as it relates to the supply  and appropriate pricing of petroleum products".

Governor Lalong also recalled the role the former NNPC GMD played a key role in the exploration of crude oil in other parts of Nigeria, particularly the Northern region which only recently found oil and gas in commercial quantity that is awaiting further exploitation.

Lalong conveyed the heartfelt sympathies of the Northern Governors Forum to the family of the deceased, the people and Government of Bauchi State, the NNPC, as well as friends and associates of the late Dr. Baru.

He prays that the almighty Allah will receive the soul of the deceased, forgive his sins, grant him eternal rest, as well as comfort all who mourn him.

Plateau PSN Rejoices With And Congratulates Prof.I.A.O.Ujah Over Appointment As Pioneer Vice Chancellor....


29 May,2020.

Victory of a golden fish is iconic.

Triumph of a worthy professional is a common exoneration

On this day, Pharmacists on the Plateau under the able leadership of *Pharm (Dr.) Dauda A. Dangiwa* writes to formally congratulate an iron horse over a worthy and well deserved appointment as the *pioneer vice chancellor* of the maiden *University of Health Sciences, Otukpo, Benue State*.

This appointment didn't come to us as a surprise especially looking at your uncountable records that have directly and indirectly influenced mankind.

You are assured of the support of *Pharmacists on the Plateau*, North-Central and Nigeria at large, knowing fully well that *PHARMACY* is the only profession that bridges *BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND CHEMICAL SCIENCES* to be part of solutions in *HEALTH SCIENCES*.

Additionally, as a man whose shoulders matches contemporary tasks, we support your ambition of leading our close allies in practice, *The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA)* as *PRESIDENT* in a matter of few hours.

We have over the years enjoyed our working relationship with the *NMA in Plateau State*. We pledge our unalloyed support and wish to pitch our tent with our brothers here on the Plateau as we drum support towards resounding stewardship.

You are assured of our best wishes, prayers and support.

Indeed we are proud of you!

We are certain that you won't forget *PHARMACY* as you steer the affairs of the University of Health Sciences, Otukpo.

Once again, the chairman, his members of EXCO and all Pharmacists on the Plateau Congratulates you sir.


*Kim Bot*
PRO/Chairman, Media and Publicity, Plateau PSN.

For: Chairman, Executives, Fellows and all Pharmacists on the Plateau.


President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria.

_Pharm. (Mazi) Sam I. Ohuabunwa_

Chairman and Executives, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Benue state.

Democracy Day 2020: Gov Lalong And Governance....

Democracy Day 2020: Gov Lalong And Governance...

29 May,2020


This takes a critical look at governance in the state under Governor Simon Lalong, especially in view of the protracted state of insecurity and its grave implications on peace and socioeconomic activities in Plateau before the present administration came into power.

On assumption of office for his second term, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State vowed that his administration would consolidate on its gains and achievements in the past four years, and also review and fine-tune some of its policy thrust into a “new normal and more result-oriented”.
He immediately after his swearing in for  for his second term told newsmen that  his determination is to move the state away from the civil service perception, through the creation of many economic opportunities that are only found in an industrialised and entrepreneurial environment. He said the idea was to use the development plan to empower the people.
Lalong said he  hoped to consolidate on the  gains and achievements, in the light of increasing demands and development priorities amidst resource challenges. The governor further pledged to finish uncompleted projects initiated by his predecessors and to complete the good works he started in his first tenure. He said that his Policies and programmes of the rescue team, Phase 2” with focus on a three-point policy thrust framework.
The three-point policy, according to the governor while marking the Democracy Day at the Banquet Hall, New Government House in Jos, would focus on peace, security and good governance; Physical infrastructural development and Sustainable economic growth. Lalong explained that his administration has deliberately resolved to review the vision into three policy thrusts from five to enable him focus and concentrate on the limited resources at his disposal in order to achieve more service delivery.He said, “We have carefully woven all the critical sectors of the Plateau economy and society into three-point policy direction to ensure that we lay foundation for sustainable growth and development for the future of our dear state.”

In the second term, the governor promised to ensure the full take-off of the Mobile Police Force Barracks in Gashish, Barikin Ladi LGA and in Longvel, Shendam LGA. The governor also pledged to generate N50 billion per year as internally generated revenue (IGR) in the next four years. He said, “Although we were able to increase our Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from N6.9billion per annum in 2015 to N12.7billion per annum in 2018, almost 100% increase.

“Yet this level of IGR is grossly inadequate to meet what the Rescue administration needs to fund our recurrent and capital expenditure in the next 4 years. We shall therefore re-invigorate our IGR machinery to ensure that we generate a minimum of N2.5biilion per month or N50billion per annum in the next four years.”

Our Correspondent reports that as Governor Lalong has achieved a lot  since he took over mantle of leadership 5 years ago which includes the  construction of over 270 roads across the state, as well as the completion of inherited infrastructural projects, renovation of hundreds of schools in the state, creation of Small and Medium Scale Agency (PLASMIDA) that has trained thousands of youths on variety of entrepreneurial skills, revival of the moribund State Fertilizer Blending Plant located in Bokkos, which has made fertilizer readily available to farmers and in turn, encouraged many more youths to return to farming which has led to the drastic reduction in the number of idle youths.
Speaking while inspecting his legacy and other projects at Riyom Local Government Area, the governor vowed to leave begin a lasting legacy for the state. Under the Governors Legacy projects, there are 7 Model secondary schools, 6 hospitals, and 8 model primary schools, under construction and spread across the LGA’s of the state.
The legacy projects which are already at advanced stage contractors to put more grease to their elbows to meet the deadline. The governor, who equally spearheaded the renovation and equipping of the Riyom Trauma Hospital which was initiated in 2005, by the former Governor Joshua Dariye led administration in the state and among other projects scattered all over the three senatorial zones in the state  said he would complete projects initiated by his predecessors no matter how long they have been abandoned by past administrations. “I was a government after others but they didn’t complete some of these projects. But I will not allow them to waste because government is about continuity. I will complete the projects started by my predecessors”, Lalong said. The hospital, which has already been completed with equipment installed in the wards, delivery room and theatre among others, is ready for commissioning”. Our correspondent also reports that Plateau state, especially Jos North and South are now very peaceful. Prior to the election of Governor Lalong in 2015 under the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Plateau State was bedeviled with all manners of crises. It could be recalled  that before 2015  several residents living in Plateau  had  relocated  to other states in the country, as several  business owners who felt their investments were no longer safe. But on assumption of office, the governor restored  the dignity and prosperity of the State to what it has all along been known for “the Home of Peace and Tourism”. At the moment, five years after he took over oath of office,  the state has been witnessing a tremendous influx of both people from different works of life and businesses. Also the  tourism sector has received a boost and   efforts and initiatives/approaches adopted by Governor Lalong to restore peace to the state are paying off. Gang Bitrus a citizen of Plateau state from Riyom Local Government of the state commended Governor Lalong for his efforts in restoring peace in the state saying that “there is an unusually high traffic in many parts of the State as a result of the surge in population. Lalong has done well in road construction  and completing of projects inherited by previous administration. I also  commend Lalong  for the installation of streetlight in Jos, the state capital”. He said that almost all  the streets in Jos  including Mango Road Wild Park, Taen Junction to D Medical Junction, Polo Round About to Farin Gada, Jishe Round About to Rantiya Low Cost, Yakubu Gowon way all have streetlights. “See how lasting peace has been restored to Plateau, I commend Governor Lalong and called on him to continue to do more for Plateau. Linda  Ajang, said “As a proactive government, the Lalong Rescue Administration is taking necessary measures to expand existing structures to meet the increasing demand on the lean existing ones to prevent them from being overstretched. Prominent sectors are education, transportation and the health. This is at the heart of the design and implementation of the Governor Simon Lalong Legacy projects initiated across the three senatorial districts of Plateau State”. Remark Ditep, a citizen of Plateau who spoke to our reporter said that ever since Lalong  assumed the mantle of leadership as the Executive Governor of Plateau, he has been up and about to ensure primarily, the restoration of peace on the Plateau. He said that Lalong,s   efforts ultimately culminated into the creation of admirable sustainable peace initiatives, engagement of regular and robust dialogue sessions with the creation and empowerment of the Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA) to ensure contact amongst all stakeholders on the importance of peace and unity in the state. Ditep also said that the Lalong-led  government cleared the backlog of inherited salaries of civil servants and eight months of pension to pensioners. It has sustained the payment of workers monthly since then. The government successfully hosted a trade fair after 10 years suspension by successes administration due to civil unrest. The Direct Data capture exercise, Bank Verification Number (BVN) and physical verification of staff were introduced the tackle the problem , also The government recovered looted funds of about N2.7 billion from the State UBEC. Peter Biyal another citizen of Plateau from Shendam Local Government commeded Governor Lalong for his efforts at bettering the lives of Plateau citizens. In his words “immediately after securing his second term mandate, Lalong engaged the famous Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to work on the five year development plan for the state. The State’s development roadmap for the next four years is therefore hinged on a three-pillar vision that revolves around: peace, security and good governance; infrastructural development; and sustainable economic rebirth. As a result of the outbreak of COVID-19, Lalong also  directed all civil servants from Grade Level 12 and below, to remain at home. The state government also  planted Closed-circuit television CCTV cameras at major land  borders in the state to check the entrance of persons to the state. In a related development  Chief Executive Officer of Anista Marketing Ms Bolcit Barshep, has commended the Plateau State Governor, Barrister Simon Lalong for the strict measures taken so far to contain the spread of the dreaded Covid-19. She further commended the  state Government for  planting Closed- circuit television CCTV cameras at major land  borders in the state to check the entrance of persons to the state. According to her  the restriction is to further help curb the spread of the virus in the state and country at large. Barshep noted that the lockdown was the best way to go in order to contain the spread of the pandemic. She commended the governor for providing qualitative leadership to Plateau citizens  at a time the Coronavirus was spreading exponentially across the globe. She said  “So far, the Governor has taken frantic efforts to contain the spread of the virus in the  state. The lockdown and close of borders to restrict movement of persons into the state who may be carriers of the COVID-19 was timely and the governor deserves commendation”. Also Owing to the serious impact of the Corona Virus pandemic on the global economy as well as its effect on Nigerian economy and by extension the Plateau State economy, Lalong also directed the State Economic Advisory Council headed by Chief Ezekiel Gomos, to immediately brainstorm and come up with practical and comprehensive strategies on the sustainability and continuation of the State Economy under COVID-19. He also directed the Council to put together a post-COVID road map for the Plateau State economy especially for its revival and recovery.” Lalong said to achieve this task, the Governor has mandated the Council to liaise and consult extensively with all Ministries, Department and Agencies; Local Government Councils; key  private sector players in the State in the manufacturing, agriculture, banking and finance; hospitality and entertainment; trade and commerce; ICT; mining sector; and other important stakeholders like the MSMEs; the informal sector; Trade Associations; Chambers of Commerce; development partners  NGOS and CSOs, Labour Unions etc. He said that the Council is expected to submit periodic policy and strategic recommendations to the Governor on the State economy under COVID19 and beyond. Jerry Alan another citizen of the state who spoke with our correspondent commended Lalong for procuring  400 tractors for farmers inorder to boost agriculture in the state. Also another aspect the Governor has done well  since assumption of office for  his second term is the rise in the Internally Generated Revenue of the state. Dashe Arlat, the Chairman of the Plateau State Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS),  said that  the service generated over N7.2 billion from January to March 2020. Arlat told newsmen on  in Jos, that the state’s  Internally Generated Revenue(IGR) for the first quarter of 2020 surpassed that of first quarter 2019 which was N3.3 billion. He attributed the feat achieved in revenue generation to various strategies deployed by the service. He listed the stategies to include enhanced data collection, aggressive enforcement of tax laws against defaulters and enforcement in the transport sector in the state.

5 Years In Office - Lalong Has Brought Sanity Into Plateau Civil Service - Alhaji Nagelu..

5 years in office - Lalong has brought sanity  into Plateau  civil service - Alhaji Nagelu

May 28,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

As the Governor of Plateau  State  Simon Lalong clocks five  years in office on May  29 2020 ,An All Progressive Congress APC stalwart in Plateau Alhaji Nagelu Garba   has commended him over his performance in key sectors of the state’s economy.

“Assessing the five  year of Governor Lalong in office  Nagelu said  the Governor is a progressive as he  has done a lot in delivering dividends of democracy to the People of Plateau .

He  said that the Simon Lalong legacy projects are scattered all over the three senatorial zones for all to see .

"I commend him for the great sanity he has brought into the civil service in the state, the prompt payment of salaries and other several achievements.

“Lalong has shown himself to be a proactive, honest and a listening governor that understands the yearnings and aspirations of Plateau people .

in his second tenure Lalong has done well in prompt payment of salaries , fixing of streets light in major parts of Jos .

He noted that the projects embarked upon by the governor have direct positive impact on the lives of the people of the state.

Lalong is embarking on projects that have direct impact on the lives of the people of the state”

“The governor has done well in mobilizing contractors to site and is doing exellently well in payment of workers salaries .

“With what his Excellency, Gov.Lalong has done so far and what he has planned to do, I believe that the governor will take the state to the next level of development”. He maintained.

He said that governor’s  five year  in office has also sent a clear message to the good people of Plateau State that he came with a blueprint to develop, reconstruct and to transform the state.

Alhaji Nagelu   also hailed Lalong for his  genuine efforts towards flattening the Corona Virus curve in Plateau state  .

He said the determination of Gov Lalong  to check the spread of the virus and the mapping out strategies to defeat it, was a further demonstration that they meant well for the people.

 He noted that the order placing a ban on public gatherings, the closure of land borders  and use of nose covers with the law enforcement agents saddled with the responsibility of ensuring compliance, has helped in reducing the spread of the virus amongst residence of the state.

I call on the people of the state to always support the state Governor Simon Lalong at all times .”I am positive that Lalong would continue to provide more dividends of democracy to Plateau people ,he added

COVID-19: Plateau State Govt Warns Against Stigmatization Of COVID -19 Patients- Dan Manjang....


May 28,2020

All human beings are equal irrespective of their social status.
There is therefore no need to stigmatize anyone who is found to have contracted the Coronavirus or any other disease for that matter.
Plateau state Commissioner of Information and Communication Dan Manjang in a statement said COVID nineteen though could be deadly is not a death sentence
Manjang explained people are recovering from COVID 19 like any other illness and should not be stigmatized.
He said the Plateau state Government takes exception to the stigmatization of COVID-19 patients and would therefore not tolerate the act.
The Information Commissioner therefore ask citizens to be pillars of support to anyone diagnosed with the disease or treated of it and embrace them as one big happy family.
Rather than stigmatize and discriminate against persons suspected or indeed infected with the virus, the Commissioner reminds the public of the consistent charge by Governor Simon Bako Lalong for more love the show of solidarity, care as well as learning from the experiences of those affected in order to cut transmission and stop the virus.

Hon. Dan Manjang
Ministry of Information & Communication
Plateau State.

28 May 2020.

Northern Governors Congratulates Gov Aminu Bello Masari @70…..

Northern Governors congratulates Gov Aminu Bello Masari @ 70

May 28,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

 Northern Governors Forum has rejoiced with Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State as he turns 70 on Friday 29th May 2020.

Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong in a congratulatory message signed by Dr Simon Macham, Director of Press and  Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State  described Governor Masari as an accomplished politician who has continued to serve Nigeria with all the energy, passion and zeal in him.

Governor Lalong recalls that the Katsina State Governor remains a repository of wisdom and institutional memory for the Forum, especially on matters that relate to the legislature because of his antecedents having served for many years as a legislator and rising to become Speaker of the House of Representatives between 2003-2007.

He said “We are very happy to be associated with this humane, simple, and principled gentleman who exudes dignity, humility and all-inclusiveness in his approach to all National issues. He is a uniting factor and a symbol of unity within the Northern Governors Forum and Nigeria as a whole”.

Governor Lalong asked Governor Masari to continue to use his wealth of experience and wide contacts in promoting the unity peace and progress of Nigeria and the consolidation of democracy in the country.

The Northern Governors Forum prayed that the almighty God will grant him more years of sound health, divine protection and favour as he continues to serve the people of Katsina State and Nigeria.

Jos South Flags Off Sales Of Fertilizer *Agriculture Key To Sustainable Development* - Jos South Council Chairman...

Agriculture key to sustainable development - Jos South Council Chairman

May 28,2020

Jos South Council Boss, Hon. Dachung Choji Says Agriculture Can Tackle Hunger & Poverty as Plateau Flags Off Sales of Subsidized Fertilizers, Others

The Management Committee Chairman of Jos South Local Government Council, Hon. Dachung Choji has said his administration is committed to tackle hunger and poverty crisis through greater attention to the agriculture Sector, especially sustainable farming.

Hon. Dachung Choji said Jos South LGA is endowed with rich agricultural potentials which when harnessed can address hunger and poverty.

He lauded Gov. Lalong for according priority to agriculture which he said is a strategic way of diversifying the economic and reducing the nation’s overdependence on oil. He said agriculture if properly harnessed can sustain the Nation.

Hon. Choji described Jos South Local Government as the Industrial and Administrative Haven of the State.
While appreciating the Executive Governor of Plateau State for choosing Jos South LGA as the flag-off venue, the Council Boss said the epoch making event marks water shed in the annals of history in the locality.
“agriculture has remained the largest sector of the Nigerian economy which contributes about 40% to our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with crops accounting for 80%, livestock 13%, forestry 3% and fishery 4%. Jos South Local Government is no exception and it goes to show that this sector alone generates employment for about 70% percent of our population.”
“It is in the light of the significant contribution this sector plays in the lives of our people and the economy, that we in Jos South placed agriculture in the front burner of our intervention. Emphasis is placed on the procurement and sale of fertilizer and other farm inputs at a highly subsidised rate.” He said.
He said the flag-off symbolises the genuine intention of the Rescue Mission phase II under Gov. Lalong able leadership to put smile on the faces of the people. He said people of Jos South are poised towards dovetailing our programmes most especially in agriculture into the state and national plans of action on agriculture to better the wellbeing of the people.
He said the outbreak of the dreaded pandemic caused by the corona virus popularly known as COVID-19, has substantially affected the socio-economic growth and development of our people and wish to place on record that they are not deterred, rather are poised to move ahead to face the reality of the times. Social distancing and other hygienic protocols are strictly observed and they are determined to sustain the effort in this regard.

Hon. Dachung appreciated Gov. Lalong for his exemplary leadership and kind consideration of the citizens of the locality in his regime. While thanking the Governor for considering some of the sons and daughters of Jos South LGA worthy to serve in this administration, he said they look forward to more opportunities to serve the State.

Hon. Dachung Choji made these disclosures today Thursday 28th May, 2020 during the flag-off of Sales of Subsidized Fertilizers & other for the 2020 Farming season at the Ministry of Agriculture Fertilizer Store Jos South LGA.

In his remarks, the Executive Governor of Plateau State who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Sonni Tyoden said the occasion was vital considering the role agriculture has and is still playing to the development of the State being an agrarian State with vast agricultural potentials.
Gov. Lalong said the present administration has engaged an international consulting firm to develop a 5-year strategic development plan as a guide to its next level priority. He said the consulting firm while submitting its report outlined that Plateau State has comparative advantage in agriculture, tourism and solid minerals.

He said the State working with the African Development Bank has developed the Potato Tissue Culture Laboratory in Mangu LGA to facilitate the productio

n of high quality potato species that will enable the State produce more potatoes in 8 additional Local Government Areas that were thought not suitable for the crop.

He posited that the gesture will enhance food sufficiency and export capacity of the State as well as improve yield significantly.

Gov. Lalong said the government will improve security to farmers to ensure any threat to their agricultural activities are curtailed as well as make frantic efforts to support large scale and mechanized farming across the State.

Gov. Lalong said the 50kg NPK 20:10:10 Fertilizer will be sold at a subsidized price if N5,000/bag, 50kg of Urea will sell for N6,000/Bag and gave subsidized prices of other farm inputs.

He said government will not tolerate diversion, re-sale and adulteration of the products.

Plateau State Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr. Hosea Istifanus Finangwai said government is committed to making the State an agricultural hub of the Nation. He said the commitment of government will increase productivity and address poverty.

The Gbong Gwom Jos and Chairman of Plateau State Joint Traditional Council, HRM Da (Dr) Jacob Gyang Buba, CON appreciated government for the efforts aimed at revamping the agriculture sector.
He charged government to urgently call herdsmen to order over indiscriminate grazing while farming activities are going on. He said farmers are going through hell with the unpleasant disposition and activities of herdsmen across the State.

Speaking also at the event, the Chairman of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) Plateau State Chapter and the Executive Chairman Mikang LGC, Hon. Ezekiel Velgap lauded Gov. Lalong for taking agriculture seriously and subsidizing farm inputs for the farmers.
He said all Local Government Chairmen will partner with the State Govt to provide farm inputs for farmers and ensure that the products reach the people.

Dagwom Rwey Jos South HRH Da (Dr) Ngah Dangyang, Rt. Hon. Ayuba Abok Speaker Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Dan Manjang Commissioner of Information & Communication, Hon. Dung Gyang Musa Commissioner of Science & Technology, Members of Jos South LG Management Committee, Top Management Officials of the Council, other traditional Rulers, Political Stalwarts in the Area, youth and women were in attendance at the event which held at Central Store Jos South LGA.

Beneficiaries of the gesture who could not hide their joy commended the government and said they will put in their best to increase productivity.

The Gbong Gwom Jos, HRM Da Jacob Gyang Buba, CON performed the presentation of the portrait of the Executive Governor from the Jos South Local Government Council.

The farm inputs subsidized and sold were fertilizers, high grade/improved seeds (maize, rice & cotton) and growth booster.

IPPIS: UniJos Senior Staff Association Decries Govt Insincerity, Betrayal Of Trust...

IPPIS: UniJos senior staff association decries govt insincerity, betrayal of trust

May 28,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), University of Jos Branch, has condemned what it termed the insecurity and lackadaisical attitude of the federal government in the issue of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) which has been causing misunderstanding between University lecturers and the government for months now.

Their position was contained in a press statement signed by the association Chairperson, Comrade Esther Ezeama, and the Secretary, Comrade Anthony Joro.

"The Branch Executives of our association recently met to x-ray happenings as it affects the welfare needs/future of our members and observed with utmost dismay the insincerity and lackadaisical attitude  of Government as well as betrayal of trust to the Union's National Administrative Committee in seeing that it does not confront headlong issues bedeviling members who are working relentlessly to protect Public Universities from being destroyed by the whims and caprices of corrupt Government Officials in the Offices of the Accountant General of the Federation and some persons at the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission who do not mean well for all workers of Nigerian Universities in the name of IPPIS.

"The deliberate delay on prompt  payments of salaries since the advent  of  IPPIS and claims that they observed some irregularities after staff  enrolment,  is a complete ruse. We find this explanation unacceptable. The non-inclusion and outright removal of  some allowances earlier enjoyed by our members such as Hazard, Responsibility, Shift duty, Call Duty and others from our monthly salaries is also painful. These allowances have now been removed from the components of staff salaries without any concrete explanation.

"The non- availability of pay advice as earlier agreed upon to enable members know what formed certain deductions from their salaries.The omission of some member's bank such as,  Access/Diamond Bank, FCMB and Micro Finance Banks, whose salaries are yet to be paid for over two months and still counting has brought unimaginable hardship on our members especially at this trying moment of COVID 19 pandemic.

"Also painful is the forceful implementation of deduction of National Housing Scheme (NHS) without the consensual approval of members negates the Core Principles of Financial Memorandum which requires the consent of salary owners before deductions are carried out on their salaries. While The deployment of a high tax regime without recourse to our right to fair hearing and negotiations is improper," the statement partly read.

It further said the unexplainable NHIS deduction on staff salaries as applied by the IPPIS office is not only worrisome, but contravenes the NHIS ACT of 2005, adding that the lack of third party deductions like Cooperative, Union dues and other Welfare Schemes peculiar to Universities has been eroded completely by the IPPIS structure.

"We therefore reject IPPIS in its entirety and request that as a matter of urgency we should be reverted to GIFMIS, the platform that properly understands and accommodates the peculiarities of our members," it added.

Plateau Generates N7.2B As IGR In First Quarter Of 2020...

Plateau generates N7.2B as IGR in first quarter of 2020

May 28,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

 Plateau State  government has said it has generated a total N 7.2 billion as its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) between January and March 2020.

They further  said that  the amount is the highest ever generated within the first quarter of the year for the past five years.

Addressing newsmen  in Jos the  state capital yesterday, the Chairman Plateau State Internal Revenue Service, Dashe Arlat, said the state government  put it effective and unprecedented strategy in order  to boost the state's IGR and they succeeded.

Arlat noted that with the decline in the price of crude oil due to outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic, taxation became the major means of revenue generation.

He said, despite the effect of the pandemic, the service had devised new means of generating revenue from various sectors currently working, such as telecommunication, agriculture, transportation and the health.

The chairman said that the service would not rest on its oars in revenue generation in spite of the global pandemic.

He also revealed that the service had procured hand sanitiser and face masks for distribution to its customers and  indigents people


The Service in January to March 2020 rolled out a specific strategy to intensify all Tax assessments in the formal and informal sectors in the Headquarters and zonal offices across the state tagged: 'Operation Show Your Tax Receipts' which was successful in ensuring that over 54% of tax payers in the formal sector and 60% in the Informal sector complied with our assessments and have been making payments as and when due.

"In 2019, the Service discovered that there is a need to carry out aggressive tax audit and investigation to improve state IGR. This strategic direction assisted the Tax Audit and Investigation Department to identify all individuals and organizations to aggressively pursue tax efforts between the year 2019 and 2020.

"Thus, between January and March 2020 alone the Service embarked on aggressive tax audit and investigation of all organizations in and outside Plateau State recording a remarkable recovery of over N3.8 Billion from Federal MDA’s alone.

He added that they have also throw their weight behind the positive measures taken by Governor Simon  Lalong to combat the spread of Corona Virus by reviewing the lockdown days, restriction of movements within and into Plateau State and the deployment of grade level 10-14 to various points across the State.

"The Service is working hard to continuously embark on ways to ensure effective compliance of both individuals, corporations and government agencies which could lead to establishment of huge liabilities of at least N30 Billion," he said.

Chief Ayuba Burki Donates Tricycles To Amputees...

Chief Ayuba Burki donates tricycles to amputees.

May 27,2020

Two persons who had both legs amputated have received tricycles donated to aid their movement despite the loss of their legs.

The duo of Baba Yusufu Kuran of Richa District in Bokkos Local Government Area and Ezekiel Ahmadu Waja (General) of Kuru District in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State received their mobility aid donated by the Beautiful Gate Handicapped People Center, Jos through it's CEO,  Chief Ayuba Burki Gufwan.

Chief Ayuba Burki who delivered the tricycles to the beneficiaries today the 27th of May, 2020 stated that immediately his attention was drawn to the plight of the amputated patients one of which is scheduled to be discharged from the hospital, he expedited action.

The gesture by the Beautiful Gate foundation was also extended to Alheri Dimas Cornelius, a physically challenged boy in Dimok hamlet in Tangur village, Bokkos LGA.

Addressing the beneficiaries,  Chief Burki stated that the tricycles are produced in his factory located in Jos and are donated free of charge to those in need so they don't depend on others for movement and so they can be able to cater for themselves as there is ability in disability.

The beneficiaries and family members appreciated the Beautiful Gate foundation for coming to their aid.

Children's Day: Speaker Plateau House Assembly, Rt Hon Abok Ayuba Charges Parents To Prioritize Children Education

Children's Day: Speaker Abok charges parents to prioritize children education.

May 27,2020

Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Abok Ayuba said the task of laying good foundation for the Plateau Child' and indeed the coming generation is none negotiable. The Speaker, in a statement by his Press Secretary, Mr.Bulus Atang commemorates this year's Children's Day with a call on Parents and Guidance to take the welfare, education and training of their children and wards with all seriousness. While applauding the Youth programmes of the Federal and Plateau State governments which has given hope to the upcoming generation in the country, the speaker said the future of a Plateau Child is guaranteed.

Abok reiterated that the nation needs the prayers and support of all and sundry in the fight against the novel COVID-19 pandemic which has affected all spheres of human life including the education of a Plateau child. He added that as a young parent, he is proud to  identify with the Children any time any day,  knowing and believing that they are the pride and the future of the state.
The Speaker, therefore advised the children to continue to be obedient to their parents and to the constituted authorities, and take their studies and training serious thereby making  their parents and the state proud. He urged them to shun all kinds of social vices bedevilling our society.

The Speaker, who described Children as the pride of any Nation, assures that, the 9th State Assembly would continue to play its legislative roles effectively in ensuring that every Plateau Child is well protected and well catered for. He wish children a wonderful Children's Day celebration.

Gov Lalong Celebrates Children, Assures Them Of A Bright Future....

Gov Lalong celebrates Children ,  assures them of a bright future

May 27,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

Plateau State Governor and Chairman, Northern Governors Forum, Simon Lalong has celebrated Nigerian children on the occasion of the 2020 Children's Day.

Governor Lalong in a special  maessage signed by Simon Macham  his director of press and Public affairs described  children as the hope of Nigeria who deserve all the love and care available to prepare them for the future as they grow to take over the responsibility of leadership.

He said "Though this year's children's day is being marked in a low key manner owing to the Corona virus pandemic, the significance of the Children's Day cannot be lost because they remain the heartbeat of our society and hold the key to our future. We must therefore continue to invest in their education, health and psychological development so as to prepare them for the task ahead ".

He said his Rescue Administration has continued to provide a better environment for Plateau Children by improving the quality of education and healthcare, as well as protecting them against all forms of abuse.

He also explained that the Government decided to put in place online, radio and television lessons to help children keep up with learning despite the closure of schools because of COVID-19.

Lalong also used the occasion to assure Nigerians that the decision to remove all Amajiri children from the streets and return them to their parents is borne out of the need to safeguard their future by integrating them back into the society where they can access education and proper care.

Voice For The GirlChild Foundation Observes Children's Day 2020...

Voice for the Girl Child Foundation Observes Children’s Day 2020

May 27, 2020

A child is anyone under the age of eighteen (18) years. We understand that below eighteen (18) is a critical period in the development of every human person and that is why as duty bearers in today’s society we are committed to the protection of children’s rights.

As at today, the 27th of May 2020, we record over seven (7) years of social and humanitarian services to children across Nigeria, and we are proud to have played a significant role in the protection of Children’s rights thus far.

Inspite of our success, there are loopholes and challenges that we need to address as rights holders, duty bearers and as a state party to the treaties that legally protect children all over the world.
Such challenges include:
Child labour
Child trafficking
Child abuse
Inadequate parental/ guardian support
Poor education
Poor access to health
Insurgency & terrorism

Today, we further reiterate our committment to building safe spaces for children in our communities and to ensure they we do it the right way.
Happy Children’s Day

Voice for the Girl Child Foundation

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Ujah Was Not Sacked As NIMR DG- Campaign Organisation....

Ujah was not sacked as NIMR DG- campaign organisation

May 27,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

Prof. Innocent Ujah, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Presidential Campaign Organisation on Wednesday  debunk allegations that the NMA frontline presidential candidate was sacked as Director General, Nigeria Medical Research Institute (NIMR).

Dr Chris Piwuna, DG, Prof. Ujah Campaign Organisation (PUCO) said that allegations by a faceless and non-existing group called Coalition Against Corruption (COACOR) is laughable.

Piwuna in a statement said that what the so called COACOR without a fixed address considered as sack was general disengagment of all heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) by the Federal Government in 2016.

"At the outset of this government, virtually most heads of MDAs under the federal ministries were disengaged (NIMR, NPHCDA, NACA, NHIS, NCDC).

"It was not only Prof Ujah, mni, that was disengaged back then.

"It is curious, how the latest allegation is coming a few days to election.

"It is almost four years since Prof Ujah, left NIMR, and now has been appointed by the same government to pioneer a new university is a mark of integrity and the will of God" he said.

According to Piwuna, such important appointment could not have been made without background security checks.

The DG emphasized that Ujah, Professor of over 20 years standing and over 40 years in medical practice, would bring the desired improvement in the health sector.

According to him, Ujah is a fellow of National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN), A fellow of International College of Surgeons (ICS).

He added that Ujah is a fellow of the Royal  Society of Medicine (UK)  and recipient of several fellowships, a Member of the National Institute (mni), with many National & international honours awards.

Piwuna urged members of the association to vote Ujah a man of integrity, transparency and known for his due process and accountability as NMA President.

Gov Lalong Congratulates Minister Of Transport Rotimi Ameachi @ 55..

Gov Lalong Congratulates Minister of Transport Rotimi  Ameachi @ 55

May 27,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

Plateau State Governor and Chairman, Northern Governors Forum, Simon Bako Lalong has rejoiced with the Minister of Transport Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi on his 55th birthday.

This was contained in a statement signed by  Dr. Makut Simon Macham,Director of Press and  Public Affairs to Lalong  in a congratulatory message to the former Governor of Rivers State, described him as an achiever whose antecedents and achievements call for thanksgiving to God who has given him the privilege of service to Nigerians and humanity.

Lalong said, “I join all your friends, family, associates and well-wishers in rejoicing with you as you mark another year. No doubt, God has been favourable to you and given you the privilege to serve your immediate community and the people of Nigeria in various capacities over the years. You have not failed in discharging your responsibilities with honesty, diligence and passion thereby changing the lives of ordinary people”.

He also asked the celebrant to continue to remain resolute and principled in matters concerning the peace, progress and unity of Nigeria as he has demonstrated over the years.

“Right from the time you were Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly to when you became Governor, and now Minister of Transport, you have left no one in doubt that you are a stickler to excellence, due process and justice. You have therefore left indelible footprints behind you, and Nigerians are today witnessing a revolution in the Transport Industry particularly the Railway sector since you took over. I pray God to give you the grace to continue to assist Mr. President as he restores the sector to full operations” Lalong said.

While wishing him many more years of joy and happiness, Lalong asked the Minister to continue to give his best to the growth and sustenance of Nigeria’s democracy, especially given his contributions  in the Ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) which he played a key role in its emergence, as well as victory at the polls in 2015 and 2019.

COVID-19 : Authorities Of Jos North Sign MOU With Farin Gada Marketers Association To Follow Guidelines...

Covid 19 - Authorities of Jos North  sign  MOU  with  Farin Gada Marketers Association  to follow  guidelines

May 26,2020

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

 Authorities of Jos North Local Government Council of Plateau State  has signed a Memorandum  of Understanding with the Leadership of Farin Gada Marketers Association on the need to follow the guidelines of the medical professionals as a measure to curb the spread COVID 19 pandemic in the area.

 A statement signed by Philip Eplong
 Senior information Officer of the Local Government made available to newsmen in Jos reads that This was achieved after a series of consultations between the Management of the Council and the leadership of the Marketers Association at the Local Government Secretariat in Jos on Tuesday .

It would be recalled that Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state had ordered the immediate closure of the  Farin Gada Vegetables Market in Jos North Local Government Area due to non compliance to COVID 19 protocol there.

Management Committee Chairman of Jos North Local Government Council Hon. Shehu Usman who did  not leave any stone unturned went into action, immediately after the Governor's order and held series of meetings with the Leadership of the marketers association and resolved the issues with the adoption of that the provision of hand sanitizer, compulsory wearing of face mask at the market, avoidance of over crowding, provision of 5000 liters tanks of water at each of the entrances into  the market.

The both parties agreed that their should be decongestion of spaces at the road sides of the market to allow for free flow of traffic .

The statement agreed that their should be mandatory  use of face masks by all traders and customers; while  security arrangement of the market shall be handled by the marketers.

" That upon reopening, the market will be subjected to continued monitoring to ensure compliance and where the marketers fail short,  Government will take appropriate action ."

In addition to all these, the Management Committee Chairman,  Hon. Usman stated that his  Council would set up a taskforce to ensure total compliance cautioning that any defaulters of the said conditions will be sanctioned accordingly.

The Chairman thanked the leadership of  the Marketers Association for their understanding, cooperation and support for  the present administration.

Responding on behalf of the marketers, the Chairman Jos North Local Government marketers Association Alhaji Dan'azimi Ibrahim appreciated the management committee Chairman of Jos North Local Government Council for working closely with them to resolve the issue and assured of the Association's  readiness to adhere strictly to the terms of the agreement.

Sen Hezekiah Dimka Visits Late Rinji Peter Bala Family In Jos...


May 26,2020

Distinguished Senator Hezekiah Dimka visited the family of late Rinji Peter Bala who was shot by a security Operative in Jos some weeks ago.

Senator Dimka led a high powered delegation of his aides,acquaintances to meet with the family of his Slained Constituent.

When it happened,the Distinguished Senator called the father of the deceased twice to commiserate with the family and assured that He will be with the family in person when he arrives Jos after series of legislative duties amidst the Covid19 pandemic in Abuja.

"this death is very painful and unacceptable" Dimka re-echoes.

"I understand what the father is going through,some might not feel it the way I feel until it's happens you.

I remember when I lost my son in an accident,the expererience was traumatic and devastating,it was only God that helped me pull through that experience".

I am praying with the family and it's is only God that can console you at this moment of grief, the Senator stated.

The Senator told the family how he has already got in contact with some lawyers show are willing to take up the case to support them in all proceedings as it has to be done within the ambience of the law.

While responding on behalf of the Family,Mr Peter Bala the father of the deceased appreciates the coming of the Senator and says the family has forgiven but justice must be done according to the law of the land to forestall future reoccurrence as he counts in the distinguished Senator who is a former top police boss to use his legislative might to see that Justice is seen to be done.

 Prof SS Shikyil, Nde Lukolm Ngolong Gungji all spoke about the painful death during the condilence visit today.

Makut Alfred Mashat
To Distinguished Senator Hezekiah Dimka
Chairman,Senate House Committee On Drugs & Narcotics

NYSC Members Donates Facemask ,Hand Sanitizers To Police In Jos...

NYSC members donates facemask , Hand sanitizers to Police in Jos

By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members on
Tuesday  donated  hand sanitizers and nose masks to members of the Police force in Jos South Local Government of the state.

 The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of ‘B’ Division Bukuru in Plateau, Umar Giade who received the items  said that police assignments sometimes  expose personnel to the danger of contracting Coronavirus.

The DPO, a superintendent said that the police were frontliner in the fight against the novel COVID-19 by ensuring that government directives are obeyed.

“Just like the NYSC which is partner, we have been trying to see how to keep people away from contracting the virus.
“In view of that many of our personnel have been exposed to lots of danger in the cause of assignment.
“But notwithstanding, that has not stop us from doing the work,” he said.
He told the corps members that ‘B’ Division Bukuru was  one of the major divisions in Jos covering more than 30km radius.
He commended the  NYSC for efforts toward assisting other organisations and the security agencies to stay safe.
Mr Abasinsua Attang, who represented Jos South corps members said that the donation was in recognition of police as frontline workers against the pandemic.
“We deemed it fit to bring you hand sanitizers and nose masks so that you can continue to protect yourselves as you secure the society,” Attang said.
The NYSC State Coordinator, Ms Caroline Embu said that the organisation was concerned about the welfare of the police who was part of the family
“Since the pandemic began, we have been trying to reach out to stakeholders in whatever little way we can.
“The corps members of Jos South decides that as they reach out to other people they should also reach out to Bukuru command.
“So, the corps members made some hand sanitizers and nose masks for the command.
“We cannot do so much but we believe that this will help you carry out your duties effectively and safely,” she said.

Our Correspondent reports that Jos South NYSC also donated food items and personal hygiene materials to widows and orphans at Imam Maitala Mosque Dandikowa and Klapai Orphanage Home, Kangang Jos.
Alhaji Muhammad Inda and Anthony James who received the materials on behalf of the organisations, thanked the NYSC for the gesture.

Plateau State National Assembly Caucus Donates To COVID -19 Fund...

Plateau state National Assembly caucus donates to Covid 19 fund

May 25,2020

 By Golok Nanmwa,Jos

In what could be described as "putting aside political differences" for the progress of Plateau State, members of the National Assembly Caucus from the State were at the Government House, Rayfield in Jos to present their donation to Governor Simon Bako Lalong towards the fight against COVID-19.
The delegation which was led by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Idris Maje, donated an undisclosed sum of money to the Plateau State COVID-19 Trust Fund so as to assist Government deal with the pandemic.
The Deputy Speaker said the donation was in appreciation of the measures taken by the State Government so far in dealing with the pandemic through several measures.
He said "We have noted with delight some of the major steps you have taken to curtail the disease especially by restricting movements which has done a lot to limit the spread of the pandemic. We have seen you deploy technology in the borders to enforce the movement of people which largely limited importation of the disease".
They asked the Governor to continue his initiatives which are aimed at saving the lives of the people and making sure Corona virus is defeated in Plateau State.

A statement signed by Dr. Simon Macham,Director of Press and  Public Affairs to Governor Lalong who expressed appreciation for the gesture of the National Assembly Plateau Caucus said the donation again shows their patriotism and unity towards the progress of Plateau State.
Lalong said "Your presence here is a show of unity and solidarity for the good of our people. I have keenly followed what you have been doing individually for your constituents and other vulnerable people in the State. Nevertheless, you have deemed it necessary to contribute to the State COVID-19 Trust Fund. We are very grateful".
He used the opportunity to also commend them for putting the interest of Plateau State high on the agenda of the National Assembly which has attracted a lot of goodwill from the Federal Government to the State. He also appreciated them for supporting President Muhammadu Buhari by passing quality legislations for the development of the country.
Lalong also used the opportunity to speak on the profiling and transfer of Almajiri children to their States of origin where he explained that the decision was taken by the entire Northern Governors in order to protect the children who were abandoned and became at risk of contacting COVID-19 and even spreading it.
He said "Although many are trying to politicise the matter, I can assure you that it is the best decision we have taken in the interest of these Almajiri children who for years have been suffering and left at the mercy of the streets. You will recall that the President's wife, Her Excellency Aisha Buhari convened a summit at the Villa which was attended by the President, Sultan, Governors from the North and religious leaders. The decision was to stop the Almajiri system completely and we believe that we have the best chance to do so in order to improve the lives of these children and give them proper education and care".
The Governor therefore appealed to the legislators to continue to support the Government in ensuring that the program succeeds despite the misinformation and improper tagging of economic migrants to the other parts of the country as "Almajiris" which he described as most unfortunate and improper.
The Governor in company of the National Assembly members later took possession of an ambulance, 2 ventilators, 10,000 surgical masks and other accessories donated to the State by NNPC/IPPG initiative.


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